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Canucks And The Cap

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

While Sunday's scrimmage was at the same time an outstanding example of how the Canucks may have tightened up defensively and how they may have trouble scoring this season, the overall change in formula had best be a winner for this NHL team. Because if it's not working they're essentially hooped for next season, too. Any analysis of the future Canucks, in money terms, shows that if you think they have cap problems this year with the Ryan Kesler contract pushing them to the brink, take a boo at next year.
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Ovechkin Ahead Of The Curve

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from the Washington Post:

On Thursday, the NHL approved a rule change that increases the maximum curvature for players' stick blades to three-quarters of an inch, up from the traditional half inch. Although it may not sound like much, Ovechkin predicts it will give him and other Europeans an edge. They grew up playing under International Ice Hockey Federation rules, which permit a curve close to the NHL's new standard. (The IIHF measures in centimeters.) "You will see this season when my new sticks come," Ovechkin said, grinning mischievously.
"It will help me, for sure," Ovechkin said at Ashburn Ice House, where the Capitals are holding their training camp. "Last year I played with a normal stick, maybe just a little bit [illegal]. Now it will be [curved] how I like it."
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Avery’s Muzzling Won’t Last

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from the LA Times:

A few precious moments with the volatile Sean Avery, who is limiting his media exposure in an effort to change his controversial actions of last season. Avery was brilliant on the ice during a team scrimmage Saturday, scoring one goal and assisting on two others. Off the ice, well, it's a work in progress. You're just going to focus on hockey this season? Avery: "Yes." What can you do to move on from last season? Avery: "I got to play hard." How long do you think it will take for people to let you move on from last year? "You're just wording it that way to talk about all those things from last year. That's it," Avery shouted and stormed off.
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Remember To Watch

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Hockeytown USA is lucky. We're one of the few American cities that get the CBC network. And we'll also enjoy tuning into "Hockey: A People's History," a 10-epsiode series that begins tonight on CBC.... "Hockey: A People's History" has some clunky reenactments, tedious music and some hokey and cliched narration. But its archival footage, talking heads and wide-ranging subject matter make the series a great way to prepare for another season of hockey.
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Selanne Thought Pronger Trade Was A Joke

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Late night call to Teemu Selanne from Ducks director of media Alex Gilchrist... from the OC Register,

This is how Selanne remembers the conversation: Gilchrist: "Have you heard the news?" Selanne: "Heard what?" Gilchrist: "You didn't hear? We got Pronger." Selanne: "Get real, Alex. Why are you calling me at this time of night?" Gilchrist: "No, we got Pronger." Selanne, still skeptical: "Sean or Chris?" (Sean is Chris Pronger's now-retired brother, who scored 35 points in 108 games for the Ducks in 1996 and 1997.) Gilchrist: "No, we just traded for Chris Pronger." Selanne: "Are you kidding me? Is this a joke or something?" Gilchrist: "No, I swear to God." Selanne: "OH ... MY ... GOD!"
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Yotes Need The “Old” J.R.

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from the East Valley Tribune,

After a five-year hiatus, Roenick is back, and it seems the Coyotes need the player he once was more than ever. Phoenix enjoyed a seasonticket base of 10,000-plus during Roenick’s first stay and advanced to the playoffs in four of his five seasons. Since then, the team’s fortunes on and off the ice have dropped off significantly — as evidenced by sparse crowds and only one postseason in the post-Roenick era. “The fact that people have accepted me the way they have is more satisfaction to me than a lot of accolades that I’ve had,” said the nine-time All-Star and two-time Olympian. “I’m very passionate about the city. I’m very passionate about the people are here.” Whether Roenick can be as productive on the ice still, remains to be seen.
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Cole Making His Way Back

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Erik Cole has no respect for Brooks Orpik, saying he was blind-sided into the boards. He hasn't talked with Brooks nor does he want to. Watch the Sportsnet interview with Eric to see what he has been going through and his plans to get back to where he once was. image

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A Chance To Win The Cup

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from the Miami Herald,

After an unsuccessful stint in the NHL, Ville Peltonen was living the good life. He had a beautiful family, a well-paying job playing hockey in Switzerland and a chance to play for Finland's national team every year. Only, the lure of winning the Stanley Cup -- and a chance to prove he could thrive in the new NHL -- was too great to ignore. So, again, Peltonen is thousands of miles from his native Finland, going after the Cup as one of the newest members of the Florida Panthers. ''You can't win the big Cup in Europe,'' he said
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He Can Do Anything

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

He's become a favourite, not just to the man on the street, but to the man behind the bench, and the players in the NHL. Mike Fisher. Having him in the Ottawa Senators lineup is like having a handyman on retainer. What needs fixing -- a penalty? An offensive threat on the other side? A big goal for his side? Fisher is capable of handling all three, along with a regular turn on any of the top three lines. Remember what kids say when there is no match in that simple card game: Go Fish. Head coach Bryan Murray does just that, goes and fishes for Mike when the team is in any kind of trouble.
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Ready- Or Not

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from Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun,

Watching Alexei Mikhnov wheel around the Coca Cola Centre during the second day of training camp with the Edmonton Oilers in Grande Prairie yesterday, it's obvious the towering winger from Ukraine has come a long way - in more ways than one. A mystery man since the Oilers selected him 17th overall at the 2000 Entry Draft, Mikhnov suited up for Team White and looked like a completely different player than when he made a marquee appearance in Sherwood Park three years ago, struggling around the ice in borrowed equipment and skates plucked from Cory Cross. The question now is whether the six-foot-five, 225-pound behemoth from Kiev, the last Oilers first-round pick from the Barry Fraser era, is ready for prime time in the NHL.
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